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Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology 2014

June 20 2014

Now in its fifth year, the Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) program continues to support innovative academic technology projects at the University that leverage information technology to improve the quality of instruction, attract and retain high caliber students, and strengthen competitive advantages in sponsored research. 44 proposals from across the University were received for consideration during the submission process this year.

Administered by the Research and Educational Technology Committee (R&E) of IT governance, LIFT awards approximately $500,000 in grant funding each year to proposals that address significant campus needs in innovative ways. Descriptions of previous and current award recipients are available on the LIFT website and give a good overview of the exciting and important research on our campus.

You can also view the video of an interview with 2013-2014 recipients Dr. Julie Schell, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Dr. Brenda Berkelaar, Communication Studies, discussing their project “Peer Instruction on the Fly." The interview captures the vision, enthusiasm, and creativity that informs successful LIFT grants and demonstrates how recipients focus their research so it has near-term practical use and benefit to the University.

Overall, LIFT projects demonstrate the potential of innovative academic technology-related research to address specific problems and challenges and in the process change the world.

2014-2015 award winners will be announced later this summer.

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